The works of García Lorca, internationally recognized as Spain's most prominent lyric poet and dramatist of the twentieth century, are filled with thinly veiled homosexual motifs and themes.
There has always been homosexual involvement in American musical theatre and a homosexual sensibility even in straight musicals, and recently the Broadway musical has welcomed openly homosexual themes and situations.
Best known for his genius in art and architecture, Michelangelo was also an accomplished author of homoerotic poetry.
The African-American gay male literary tradition consists of a substantial body of texts and includes some of the most gifted writers of the twentieth century.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Langston Hughes, whose literary legacy is enormous and varied, was closeted, but homosexuality was an important influence on his literary imagination, and many of his poems may be read as gay texts.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
Todd Spiewak (left) and Jim Parsons.
On October 18, 2013, numerous celebrities attended the Ninth Annual GLSEN Respect Awards at Los Angeles' Beverly Hills Hotel. The event honored those who work to make the country's schools safer by educating students and teachers about the effects of bullying. Actor Jim Parsons and his partner Todd Spiewak were presented the organization's Inspiration Award, while acclaimed producer and screenwriter Linda Bloodworth Thompson received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The star-studded event featured entertainment by Steve Grand, whose "All American Boy" music video created a sensation earlier this year.
Some of the celebrities attending the awards spoke with Entertainment Weekly about having been bullied themselves.
Dan Bucatinsky, for example, remembered being bullied by a next door neighbor when he was growing up. The actor, who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal of a gay father on Scandal, said he could not imagine not supporting an organization like GLSEN.
"GLSEN has such a simple mission statement, which is simply that no kid should be afraid to go to school," he explained. "I love the fact that this is an organization that is focused on teaching educators and kids about respect."
Mayim Bialik, who costars with Parsons on The Big Bang Theory, said that she was bullied as child, which is why she is hypersensitive about the subject, especially now that she is a mother.
Bialik presented the Inspiration Award to Parsons, who recently won his third consecutive Emmy as Best Actor in a Comedy for his work on The Big Bang Theory, and his partner of ten years Todd Spiewak, a designer and art director. Parsons earned plaudits for his stage performance in a revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, and will appear in an HBO production of the play that is currently in production.
In the video below, professional athletes Robby Rogers and Jason Collins open the awards ceremony.
Steve Grand performs "All American Boy" at the Respect Awards.
Actress Mayim Bialik and GLSEN student ambassador Carly Friders present the Inspiration Award to Parsons and Spiewak.
Parsons and Spiewak accept the Inspiration Award.